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Apps that can help you spoil mom

iPhone, iPod Touch app for Tango Video Calls.

iPhone, iPod Touch app for Tango Video Calls. Credit: Tango Video Calls image

While you'd better give mom an actual phone call on Mother's Day, there are several ways to honor and spoil her with the help of a few smartphone apps.

Tango Video Calls
(iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Windows; free)

Hearing your voice is nice, but if you're not going to be able to visit your mom in person, she can still see your face while you talk via this video chat app. Tango Video Calls is one of the best out of the dozens of quality video chat apps available. This free app is easy to use. Upon installation, the app goes through your phone's address book and creates a list of your friends who already have Tango, which saves you the hassle of doing so manually. The app allows you to make calls to others who are using devices compatible with Tango (an advantage over Apple's FaceTime program, which is limited to particular Apple devices). Tango works fine with 3G, 4G and wireless Internet connections, although Wi-Fi is certainly more reliable. The only drawback: Tango, like similar services, tends to drain your battery pretty quickly.

(iPhone, iPod Touch; free)

Why not personalize your card for mom? And while you are at it, forgo the trip to the local greeting card store altogether. It's perfect: You personalize your card with photos and text on your iPhone, and the free Cards app takes care of the nitty-gritty of printing and mailing. Developed by Apple, the Cards app stores contact addresses so you can send cards for all occasions at a moment's notice. If you already have Cards, make sure to update the app to find brand new Mother's Day selections. While the app is free to download, it will cost you $2.99 to send a card to anyone in the United States, $4.99 to anyone in the world (prepaid postage included).

Instant Playdates
(iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad; free)

New parents can give their spouses a gift with this app, which helps to coordinate and schedule instant playdates between young children. The app is designed to work alongside Facebook.

Spa Week App
(iPhone, iPod Touch, Android; free)

For more of an extended respite -- which every mother deserves -- you can tap into the Spa Week App. This free app not only locates and showcases spas in your vicinity, but it also provides discounts and group packages from more than 800 participating locations. After you use this app for mom, she may find that flowers and candy have nothing on massages and facials.

 The Official 1-800-Flowers Mobile Gift Center

(iPhone, iPod Touch, Android; free)

You can't go wrong with flowers, and the 1800 Flowers app makes it easier than ever to send mom a beautiful bouquet. Peruse the app's catalog to choose the best arrangement or package deal, and be sure to check out special Mother's Day selections as well. You can pull mom's address directly from your phone contacts to place your order, or use the in-app location finder to reach the nearest store location.

This segment was compiled from reports by and Tribune Media Services

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